LECTURE 3
ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Difficulty: E = Easy, M = Medium, and T = Tough)
TrueFalse
Easy:
Ratio analysis Answer: a Diff: E
1. Ratio analysis involves a comparison of the relationships between
financial statement accounts so as to analyze the financial position
and strength of a firm.
a. True
b. False
Liquidity ratios Answer: b Diff: E
2. The current ratio and inventory turnover ratio measure the liquidity of
a firm. The current ratio measures the relationship of a firm's
current assets to its current liabilities and the inventory turnover
ratio measures how rapidly a firm turns its inventory back into a
"quick" asset or cash.
a. True
b. False
Current ratio Answer: b Diff: E
3. If a firm has high current and quick ratios, this is always a good
indication that a firm is managing its liquidity position well.
a. True
b. False
Asset management ratios Answer: a Diff: E
4. The inventory turnover ratio and days sales outstanding (DSO) are two
ratios that can be used to assess how effectively the firm is managing
its assets in consideration of current and projected operating levels.
a. True
b. False
Inventory turnover ratio Answer: b Diff: E
5. A decline in the inventory turnover ratio suggests that the firm's
liquidity position is improving.
a. True
b. False
Debt management ratios Answer: a Diff: E
6. The degree to which the managers of a firm attempt to magnify the
returns to owners' capital through the use of financial leverage is
captured in debt management ratios.
a. True
b. False
TIE ratio Answer: a Diff: E
7. The timesinterestearned ratio is one indication of a firm's ability
to meet both longterm and shortterm obligations.
a. True
b. False
Profitability ratios Answer: a Diff: E
8. Profitability ratios show the combined effects of liquidity, asset
management, and debt management on operations.
a. True
b. False
ROA Answer: b Diff: E
9. Since ROA measures the firm's effective utilization of assets (without
considering how these assets are financed), two firms with the same
EBIT must have the same ROA.
a. True
b. False
Market value ratios Answer: a Diff: E
10. Market value ratios provide management with a current assessment of how
investors in the market view the firm's past performance and future
prospects.
a. True
b. False
Trend analysis Answer: a Diff: E
11. Determining whether a firm's financial position is improving or
deteriorating requires analysis of more than one set of financial
statements. Trend analysis is one method of measuring a firm's
performance over time.
a. True
b. False
Medium:
Liquidity ratios Answer: b Diff: M
12. If the current ratio of Firm A is greater than the current ratio of
Firm B, we cannot be sure that the quick ratio of Firm A is greater
than that of Firm B. However, if the quick ratio of Firm A exceeds
that of Firm B, we can be assured that Firm A's current ratio also
exceeds B's current ratio.
a. True
b. False
Inventory turnover ratio Answer: a Diff: M
13. The inventory turnover and current ratios are related. The combination
of a high current ratio and a low inventory turnover ratio relative to
the industry norm might indicate that the firm is maintaining too high
an inventory level or that part of the inventory is obsolete or
damaged.
a. True
b. False
Fixed assets turnover Answer: b Diff: M
14. We can use the fixed assets turnover ratio to legitimately compare
firms in different industries as long as all the firms being compared
are using the same proportion of fixed assets to total assets.
a. True
b. False
BEP and ROE Answer: a Diff: M
15. Suppose two firms have the same amount of assets, pay the same interest
rate on their debt, have the same basic earning power (BEP), and have
the same tax rate. However, one firm has a higher debt ratio. If BEP
is greater than the interest rate on debt, the firm with the higher
debt ratio will also have a higher rate of return on common equity.
a. True
b. False
Equity multiplier Answer: a Diff: M
16. If the equity multiplier is 2.0, the debt ratio must be 0.5.
a. True
b. False
TIE ratio Answer: a Diff: M
17. Suppose a firm wants to maintain a specific TIE ratio. If the firm
knows the level of its debt, the interest rate it will pay on that
debt, and the applicable tax rate, the firm can then calculate the
earnings level required to maintain its target TIE ratio.
a. True
b. False
Profit margin and leverage Answer: b Diff: M
18. If sales decrease and financial leverage increases, we can say with
certainty that the profit margin on sales will decrease.
a. True
b. False
Multiple Choice: Conceptual
Easy:
Current ratio Answer: c Diff: E
19. Other things held constant, which of the following will not affect the
current ratio, assuming an initial current ratio greater than 1.0?
a. Fixed assets are sold for cash.
b. Longterm debt is issued to pay off current liabilities.
c. Accounts receivable are collected.
d. Cash is used to pay off accounts payable.
e. A bank loan is obtained, and the proceeds are credited to the firm's
checking account.
Quick ratio Answer: d Diff: E
20. Other things held constant, which of the following will not affect the
quick ratio? (Assume that current assets equal current liabilities.)
a. Fixed assets are sold for cash.
b. Cash is used to purchase inventories.
c. Cash is used to pay off accounts payable.
d. Accounts receivable are collected.
e. Longterm debt is issued to pay off a shortterm bank loan.
Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: E
21. Company J and Company K each recently reported the same earnings per
share (EPS). Company Js stock, however, trades at a higher price.
Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. Company J must have a higher P/E ratio.
b. Company J must have a higher market to book ratio.
c. Company J must be riskier.
d. Company J must have fewer growth opportunities.
e. All of the statements above are correct.
Leverage and financial ratios Answer: e Diff: E
22. Stennett Corp.'s CFO has proposed that the company issue new debt and
use the proceeds to buy back common stock. Which of the following are
likely to occur if this proposal is adopted? (Assume that the proposal
would have no effect on the company's operating earnings.)
a. Return on assets (ROA) will decline.
b. The times interest earned ratio (TIE) will increase.
c. Taxes paid will decline.
d. None of the statements above is correct.
e. Statements a and c are correct.
Medium:
Liquidity ratios Answer: d Diff: M
23. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. If a company increases its current liabilities by $1,000 and
simultaneously increases its inventories by $1,000, its current
ratio must rise.
b. If a company increases its current liabilities by $1,000 and
simultaneously increases its inventories by $1,000, its quick ratio
must fall.
c. A companys quick ratio may never exceed its current ratio.
d. Answers b and c are correct.
e. None of the answers above is correct.
Current ratio Answer: e Diff: M
24. Which of the following actions can a firm take to increase its current
ratio?
a. Issue shortterm debt and use the proceeds to buy back longterm
debt with a maturity of more than one year.
b. Reduce the companys days sales outstanding to the industry average
and use the resulting cash savings to purchase plant and equipment.
c. Use cash to purchase additional inventory.
d. Statements a and b are correct.
e. None of the statements above is correct.
Quick ratio Answer: e Diff: M
25. Which of the following actions will cause an increase in the quick
ratio in the short run?
a. $1,000 worth of inventory is sold, and an account receivable is
created. The receivable exceeds the inventory by the amount of
profit on the sale, which is added to retained earnings.
b. A small subsidiary which was acquired for $100,000 two years ago and
which was generating profits at the rate of 10 percent is sold for
$100,000 cash. (Average company profits are 15 percent of assets.)
c. Marketable securities are sold at cost.
d. All of the answers above.
e. Answers a and b above.
Ratio analysis Answer: c Diff: M
26. As a shortterm creditor concerned with a company's ability to meet its
financial obligation to you, which one of the following combinations of
ratios would you most likely prefer?
Current Debt
ratio TIE ratio
a. 0.5 0.5 0.33
b. 1.0 1.0 0.50
c. 1.5 1.5 0.50
d. 2.0 1.0 0.67
e. 2.5 0.5 0.71
Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: M
27. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. If two firms pay the same interest rate on their debt and have the
same rate of return on assets, and if that ROA is positive, the firm
with the higher debt ratio will also have a higher rate of return on
common equity.
b. One of the problems of ratio analysis is that the relationships are
subject to manipulation. For example, we know that if we use some
of our cash to pay off some of our current liabilities, the current
ratio will always increase, especially if the current ratio is weak
initially.
c. Generally, firms with high profit margins have high asset turnover
ratios, and firms with low profit margins have low turnover ratios;
this result is exactly as predicted by the extended Du Pont
equation.
d. All of the statements above are correct.
e. None of the statements above is correct.
Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: M
28. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. An increase in a firm's debt ratio, with no changes in its sales and
operating costs, could be expected to lower its profit margin on
sales.
b. An increase in the DSO, other things held constant, would generally
lead to an increase in the total asset turnover ratio.
c. An increase in the DSO, other things held constant, would generally
lead to an increase in the ROE.
d. In a competitive economy, where all firms earn similar returns on
equity, one would expect to find lower profit margins for airlines,
which require a lot of fixed assets relative to sales, than for
fresh fish markets.
e. It is more important to adjust the Debt/Assets ratio than the
inventory turnover ratio to account for seasonal fluctuations.
Leverage and financial ratios Answer: a Diff: M
29. Company A is financed with 90 percent debt, whereas Company B, which
has the same amount of total assets, is financed entirely with equity.
Both companies have a marginal tax rate of 35 percent. Which of the
following statements is most correct?
a. If the two companies have the same basic earning power (BEP),
Company B will have a higher return on assets.
b. If the two companies have the same return on assets, Company B will
have a higher return on equity.
c. If the two companies have the same level of sales and basic earning
power (BEP), Company B will have a lower profit margin.
d. All of the answers above are correct.
e. None of the answers above is correct.
Leverage and financial ratios Answer: d Diff: M
30. A firm is considering actions which will raise its debt ratio. It is
anticipated that these actions will have no effect on sales, operating
income, or on the firms total assets. If the firm does increase its
debt ratio, which of the following will occur?
a. Return on assets will increase.
b. Basic earning power will decrease.
c. Times interest earned will increase.
d. Profit margin will decrease.
e. Total assets turnover will increase.
Miscellaneous ratios Answer: e Diff: M
31. Reeves Corporation forecasts that its operating income (EBIT) and total
assets will remain the same as last year, but that the companys debt
ratio will increase this year. What can you conclude about the
companys financial ratios? (Assume that there will be no change in
the companys tax rate.)
a. The companys basic earning power (BEP) will fall.
b. The companys return on assets (ROA) will fall.
c. The companys equity multiplier (EM) will increase.
d. All of the answers above are correct.
e. Answers b and c are correct.
Miscellaneous ratios Answer: b Diff: M
32. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. If two companies have the same return on equity, they should have
the same stock price.
b. If Company A has a higher profit margin and higher total assets
turnover relative to Company B, then Company A must have a higher
return on assets.
c. If Company A and Company B have the same debt ratio, they must have
the same times interest earned (TIE) ratio.
d. Answers b and c are correct.
e. None of the answers above is correct.
Miscellaneous ratios Answer: e Diff: M
33. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. If a firms ROE and ROA are the same, this implies that the firm is
financed entirely with common equity. (That is, common equity =
total assets).
b. If a firm has no lease payments or sinking fund payments, its times
interestearned (TIE) ratio and fixed charge coverage ratios must be
the same.
c. If Firm A has a higher market to book ratio than Firm B, then Firm A
must also have a higher price earnings ratio (P/E).
d. All of the statements above are correct.
e. Answers a and b are correct.
Miscellaneous ratios Answer: b Diff: M
34. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. If Firms A and B have the same level of earnings per share, and the
same market to book ratio, they must have the same price earnings
ratio.
b. Firms A and B have the same level of net income, taxes paid, and
total assets. If Firm A has a higher interest expense, its basic
earnings power ratio (BEP) must be greater than that of Firm B.
c. Firms A and B have the same level of net income. If Firm A has a
higher interest expense, its return on equity (ROE) must be greater
than that of Firm B.
d. All of the answers above are correct.
e. None of the answers above is correct.
Tough:
ROE and debt ratios Answer: b Diff: T
35. Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. If Company A has a higher debt ratio than Company B, then we can be
sure that A will have a lower timesinterestearned ratio than B.
b. Suppose two companies have identical operations in terms of sales,
cost of goods sold, interest rate on debt, and assets. However,
Company A uses more debt than Company B; that is, Company A has a
higher debt ratio. Under these conditions, we would expect B's
profit margin to be higher than A's.
c. The ROE of any company which is earning positive profits and which
has a positive net worth (or common equity) must exceed the
company's ROA.
d. Statements a, b, and c are true.
e. Statements a, b, and c are false.
Ratio analysis Answer: a Diff: T
36. You are an analyst following two companies, Company X and Company Y.
You have collected the following information:
 The two companies have the same total assets.
 Company X has a higher total assets turnover than Company Y.
 Company X has a higher profit margin than Company Y.
 Company Y has a higher inventory turnover ratio than Company X.
 Company Y has a higher current ratio than Company X.
Which of the following statements is most correct?
a. Company X must have a higher net income.
b. Company X must have a higher ROE.
c. Company Y must have a higher quick ratio.
d. Statements a and b are correct.
e. Statements a and c are correct.
Ratio analysis Answer: d Diff: T
37. You have collected the following information regarding Companies C and
D:
 The two companies have the same total assets.
 The two companies have the same operating income (EBIT).
 The two companies have the same tax rate.
 Company C has a higher debt ratio and a higher interest expense than
Company D.
 Company C has a lower profit margin than Company D.
Based on this information, which of the following statements is most
correct?
a. Company C must have a higher level of sales.
b. Company C must have a lower ROE.
c. Company C must have a higher timesinterestearned (TIE) ratio.
d. Company C must have a lower ROA.
e. Company C must have a higher basic earning power (BEP) ratio.
Leverage and financial ratios Answer: d Diff: T
38. Blair Company has $5 million in total assets. The companys assets are
financed with $1 million of debt, and $4 million of common equity. The
companys income statement is summarized below:
Operating Income (EBIT) $1,000,000
Interest Expense 100,000
Earnings before tax (EBT) $ 900,000
Taxes (40%) 360,000
Net Income $ 540,000
The company wants to increase its assets by $1 million, and it plans to
finance this increase by issuing $1 million in new debt. This action
will double the companys interest expense, but its operating income
will remain at 20 percent of its total assets, and its average tax rate
will remain at 40 percent. If the company takes this action, which of
the following will occur:
a. The companys net income will increase.
b. The companys return on assets will fall.
c. The companys return on equity will remain the same.
d. Statements a and b are correct.
e. All of the answers above are correct.
Multiple Choice: Problems
Easy:
Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: E
39. Russell Securities has $100 million in total assets and its corporate
tax rate is 40 percent. The company recently reported that its basic
earning power (BEP) ratio was 15 percent and that its return on assets
(ROA) was 9 percent. What was the companys interest expense?
a. $ 0
b. $ 2,000,000
c. $ 6,000,000
d. $15,000,000
e. $18,000,000
ROA Answer: d Diff: E
40. A firm has a profit margin of 15 percent on sales of $20,000,000. If
the firm has debt of $7,500,000, total assets of $22,500,000, and an
aftertax interest cost on total debt of 5 percent, what is the firm's
ROA?
a. 8.4%
b. 10.9%
c. 12.0%
d. 13.3%
e. 15.1%
ROE Answer: c Diff: E
41. Tapley Dental Supply Company has the following data:
Net income: $240 Sales: $10,000 Total assets: $6,000
Debt ratio: 75% TIE ratio: 2.0 Current ratio: 1.2
BEP ratio: 13.33%
If Tapley could streamline operations, cut operating costs, and raise
net income to $300, without affecting sales or the balance sheet (the
additional profits will be paid out as dividends), by how much would
its ROE increase?
a. 3.00%
b. 3.50%
c. 4.00%
d. 4.25%
e. 5.50%
Profit margin Answer: c Diff: E
42. Your company had the following balance sheet and income statement
information for 2003:
Balance sheet:
Cash $ 20
A/R 1,000
Inventories 5,000
Total C.A. $ 6,020 Debt $ 4,000
Net F.A. 2,980 Equity 5,000
Total Assets $ 9,000 Total claims $ 9,000
Income statement:
Sales $10,000
Cost of goods sold 9,200
EBIT $ 800
Interest (10%) 400
EBT $ 400
Taxes (40%) 160
Net Income $ 240
The industry average inventory turnover is 5. You think you can change
your inventory control system so as to cause your turnover to equal the
industry average, and this change is expected to have no effect on
either sales or cost of goods sold. The cash generated from reducing
inventories will be used to buy taxexempt securities which have a 7
percent rate of return. What will your profit margin be after the
change in inventories is reflected in the income statement?
a. 2.1%
b. 2.4%
c. 4.5%
d. 5.3%
e. 6.7%
Medium:
Accounts receivable Answer: a Diff: M R
43. Ruth Company currently has $1,000,000 in accounts receivable. Its days
sales outstanding (DSO) is 50 days (based on a 365day year). Assume a
365day year. The company wants to reduce its DSO to the industry
average of 32 days by pressuring more of its customers to pay their
bills on time. The company's CFO estimates that if this policy is
adopted the company's average sales will fall by 10 percent. Assuming
that the company adopts this change and succeeds in reducing its DSO to
32 days and does lose 10 percent of its sales, what will be the level
of accounts receivable following the change?
a. $576,000
b. $676,667
c. $776,000
d. $900,000
e. $976,667
ROA Answer: a Diff: M
44. The Meryl Corporation's common stock is currently selling at $100 per
share, which represents a P/E ratio of 10. If the firm has 100 shares
of common stock outstanding, a return on equity of 20 percent, and a
debt ratio of 60 percent, what is its return on total assets (ROA)?
a. 8.0%
b. 10.0%
c. 12.0%
d. 16.7%
e. 20.0%
ROA Answer: a Diff: M
45. Q Corp. has a basic earnings power (BEP) ratio of 15 percent, and has a
times interest earned (TIE) ratio of 6. Total assets are $100,000.
The corporate tax rate is 40 percent. What is Q Corp.'s return on
assets (ROA)?
a. 7.5%
b. 10.0%
c. 12.2%
d. 13.1%
e. 14.5%
ROA Answer: e Diff: M
46. Humphrey Hotels operating income (EBIT) is $40 million. The companys
timesinterestearned (TIE) ratio is 8.0, its tax rate is 40 percent,
and its basic earning power (BEP) ratio is 10 percent. What is the
companys return on assets (ROA)?
a. 6.45%
b. 5.97%
c. 4.33%
d. 8.56%
e. 5.25%
ROE Answer: c Diff: M R
47. Selzer Inc. sells all its merchandise on credit. It has a profit
margin of 4 percent, days sales outstanding equal to 60 days (based on
a 365day year), receivables of $147,945.2, total assets of $3 million,
and a debt ratio of 0.64. What is the firm's return on equity (ROE)?
a. 7.1%
b. 33.3%
c. 3.3%
d. 71.0%
e. 8.1%
ROE Answer: b Diff: M
48. You are considering adding a new product to your firm's existing
product line. It should cause a 15 percent increase in your profit
margin (i.e., new PM = old PM 1.15), but it will also require a 50
percent increase in total assets (i.e., new TA = old TA 1.5). You
expect to finance this asset growth entirely by debt. If the following
ratios were computed before the change, what will be the new ROE if the
new product is added and sales remain constant?
Ratios before new product
Profit margin = 0.10
Total assets turnover = 2.00
Equity multiplier = 2.00
a. 11%
b. 46%
c. 40%
d. 20%
e. 53%
ROE Answer: d Diff: M
49. Assume Meyer Corporation is 100 percent equity financed. Calculate the
return on equity, given the following information:
(1) Earnings before taxes = $1,500
(2) Sales = $5,000
(3) Dividend payout ratio = 60%
(4) Total assets turnover = 2.0
(5) Applicable tax rate = 30%
a. 25%
b. 30%
c. 35%
d. 42%
e. 50%
Liquidity ratios Answer: a Diff: M
50. Oliver Incorporated has a current ratio = 1.6, and a quick ratio equal
to 1.2. The company has $2 million in sales and its current
liabilities are $1 million. What is the companys inventory turnover
ratio?
a. 5.0
b. 5.2
c. 5.5
d. 6.0
e. 6.3
Debt ratio Answer: c Diff: M
51. Kansas Office Supply had $24,000,000 in sales last year. The companys
net income was $400,000. Its total assets turnover was 6.0. The
companys ROE was 15 percent. The company is financed entirely with
debt and common equity. What is the companys debt ratio?
a. 0.20
b. 0.30
c. 0.33
d. 0.60
e. 0.66
Profit margin Answer: a Diff: M
52. The Merriam Company has determined that its return on equity is 15
percent. Management is interested in the various components that went
into this calculation. You are given the following information: total
debt/total assets = 0.35 and total assets turnover = 2.8. What is the
profit margin?
a. 3.48%
b. 5.42%
c. 6.96%
d. 2.45%
e. 12.82%
Sales volume Answer: a Diff: M
53. Harvey Supplies Inc. has a current ratio of 3.0, a quick ratio of 2.4,
and an inventory turnover ratio of 6. Harvey's total assets are $1
million and its debt ratio is 0.20. The firm has no longterm debt.
What is Harvey's sales figure?
a. $ 720,000
b. $ 120,000
c. $1,620,000
d. $ 360,000
e. $ 880,000
Financial statement analysis Answer: e Diff: M R
54. Collins Company had the following partial balance sheet and complete
annual income statement:
Partial Balance Sheet:
Cash $ 20
A/R 1,000
Inventories 2,000
Total current assets $ 3,020
Net fixed assets 2,980
Total assets $ 6,000
Income Statement:
Sales $10,000
Cost of goods sold 9,200
EBIT $ 800
Interest (10%) 400
EBT $ 400
Taxes (40%) 160
Net Income $ 240
The industry average DSO is 30 (based on a 365day year). Collins
plans to change its credit policy so as to cause its DSO to equal the
industry average, and this change is expected to have no effect on
either sales or cost of goods sold. If the cash generated from
reducing receivables is used to retire debt (which was outstanding all
last year and which has a 10 percent interest rate), what will Collins'
debt ratio (Total debt/Total assets) be after the change in DSO is
reflected in the balance sheet?
a. 33.33%
b. 45.28%
c. 52.75%
d. 60.00%
e. 65.71%
Financial ratios Answer: b Diff: M R
55. Taft Technologies has the following relationships:
Annual sales $1,200,000
Current liabilities $ 375,000
Days sales outstanding (DSO) (365day year) 40
Inventory Turnover ratio 4.8
Current ratio 1.2
The companys current assets consist of cash, inventories, and accounts
receivable. How much cash does Taft have on its balance sheet?
a. $ 8,333
b. $ 68,493
c. $125,000
d. $200,000
e. $316,667
Quick ratio Answer: c Diff: M
56. Last year, Quayle Energy had sales of $200 million, and its inventory
turnover ratio was 5.0. The companys current assets totaled $100
million, and its current ratio was 1.2. What was the companys quick
ratio?
a. 1.20
b. 1.39
c. 0.72
d. 0.55
e. 2.49
Quick ratio Answer: e Diff: M
57. Thomas Corp. has the following simplified balance sheet:
Cash $ 50,000 Current liabilities $125,000
Inventory 150,000
Accounts receivable 100,000 Longterm debt 175,000
Net fixed assets 200,000 Common equity 200,000
Total $500,000 Total $500,000
Sales for the year totaled $600,000. The company president believes the
company carries excess inventory. She would like the inventory
turnover ratio to be 8 and would use the freed up cash to reduce
current liabilities. If the company follows the president's
recommendation and sales remain the same, the new quick ratio would be:
a. 2.4
b. 4.0
c. 4.5
d. 1.2
e. 3.0
Current ratio Answer: b Diff: M R
58. Mondale Motors has forecasted the following yearend balance sheet:
Assets:
Cash and marketable securities $ 300
Inventories 500
Accounts receivable 700
Total current assets $1,500
Net fixed assets 5,000
Total assets $6,500
Liabilities and Equity:
Notes payable $ 800
Accounts payable 400
Total current liabilities $1,200
Longterm debt 3,000
Stockholders equity 2,300
Total liabilities and equity $6,500
The company also forecasts that its days sales outstanding (DSO) on a
365day basis will be 35.486 days.
Now, assume instead that Mondale is able to reduce its DSO to the
industry average of 30.417 days without reducing its sales. Under this
scenario, the reduction in accounts receivable would generate
additional cash. This additional cash would be used to reduce its
notes payable. If this scenario were to occur, what would be the
companys current ratio?
a. 1.35
b. 1.27
c. 1.00
d. 1.17
e. 2.45
Current liabilities Answer: a Diff: M
59. Perry Technologies Inc. had the following financial information for the
past year:
Inventory turnover = 8
Quick ratio = 1.5
Sales = $860,000
Current ratio = 1.75
What were Perrys current liabilities?
a. $430,000
b. $500,000
c. $107,500
d. $ 61,429
e. $573,333
Tough:
ROE Answer: d Diff: T
60. Southeast Packaging's ROE last year was only 5 percent, but its
management has developed a new operating plan designed to improve
things. The new plan calls for a total debt ratio of 60 percent, which
will result in interest charges of $8,000 per year. Management
projects an EBIT of $26,000 on sales of $240,000, and it expects to
have a total assets turnover ratio of 2.0. Under these conditions, the
average tax rate will be 40 percent. If the changes are made, what
return on equity will Southeast earn?
a. 9.00%
b. 11.25%
c. 17.50%
d. 22.50%
e. 35.00%
ROE Answer: c Diff: T
61. Roland & Company has a new management team that has developed an
operating plan to improve upon last year's ROE. The new plan would
place the debt ratio at 55 percent which will result in interest
charges of $7,000 per year. EBIT is projected to be $25,000 on sales
of $270,000, and it expects to have a total assets turnover ratio of
3.0. The average tax rate will be 40 percent. What does Roland &
Company expect return on equity to be following the changes?
a. 17.65%
b. 21.82%
c. 26.67%
d. 44.44%
e. 51.25%
ROE Answer: d Diff: T
62. Georgia Electric reported the following income statement and balance
sheet for the previous year:
Balance sheet:
Assets Liabilities & Equity
Cash $ 100,000
Inventory 1,000,000
Accounts receivable 500,000
Current assets $1,600,000
Total debt $4,000,000
Net fixed assets 4,400,000 Total equity 2,000,000
Total assets $6,000,000 Total claims $6,000,000
Income Statement:
Sales $3,000,000
Operating costs 1,600,000
Operating income (EBIT) $1,400,000
Interest expense 400,000
Taxable income (EBT) $1,000,000
Taxes (40%) 400,000
Net income $ 600,000
The companys interest cost is 10 percent, so the companys interest
expense each year is 10 percent of its total debt.
While the companys financial performance is quite strong, its CFO
(Chief Financial Officer) is always looking for ways to improve. The
CFO has noticed that the companys inventory turnover ratio is
considerably weaker than the industry average which is 6.0. As an
exercise, the CFO asks what would the companys ROE have been last year
if the following had occurred:
(1) The company maintained the same level of sales, but was able to
reduce inventory enough to achieve the industry average inventory
turnover ratio.
(2) The cash that was generated from the reduction in inventory was
used to reduce part of the companys outstanding debt. So, the
companys total debt would have been $4 million less the cash
freed up from the improvement in inventory policy. The companys
interest expense would have been 10 percent of the new level of
total debt.
(3) Assume equity does not change. (The company pays all net income
as dividends.)
Under this scenario, what would have been the companys ROE last year?
a. 27.0%
b. 29.5%
c. 30.3%
d. 31.5%
e. 33.0%
Current ratio Answer: c Diff: T
63. Vance Motors has current assets of $1.2 million. The companys current
ratio is 1.2, its quick ratio is 0.7, and its inventory turnover ratio
is 4. The company would like to increase its inventory turnover ratio
to the industry average, which is 5, without reducing its sales. Any
reductions in inventory will be used to reduce the companys current
liabilities. What will be the companys current ratio, assuming that
it is successful in improving its inventory turnover ratio to 5?
a. 1.33
b. 1.67
c. 1.22
d. 0.75
e. 2.26
Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: T
64. A company has just been taken over by new management which believes
that it can raise earnings before taxes (EBT) from $600 to $1,000,
merely by cutting overtime pay and thus reducing the cost of goods
sold. Prior to the change, the following data applied:
Total assets: $8,000 Debt ratio: 45%
Tax rate: 35% BEP ratio: 13.3125%
EBT: $600 Sales: $15,000
These data have been constant for several years, and all income is paid
out as dividends. Sales, the tax rate, and the balance sheet will
remain constant. What is the company's cost of debt? (Hint: Work
only with old data.)
a. 12.92%
b. 13.23%
c. 13.51%
d. 13.75%
e. 14.00%
EBIT Answer: e Diff: T
65. Lone Star Plastics has the following data:
Assets: $100,000; Profit margin: 6.0%; Tax rate: 40%; Debt ratio:
40.0%; Interest rate: 8.0%: Total assets turnover: 3.0.
What is Lone Star's EBIT?
a. $ 3,200
b. $12,000
c. $18,000
d. $30,000
e. $33,200
LECTURE 3
ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS
1. Ratio analysis Answer: a Diff: E
2. Liquidity ratios Answer: b Diff: E
3. Current ratio Answer: b Diff: E
4. Asset management ratios Answer: a Diff: E
5. Inventory turnover ratio Answer: b Diff: E
6. Debt management ratios Answer: a Diff: E
7. TIE ratio Answer: a Diff: E
8. Profitability ratios Answer: a Diff: E
9. ROA Answer: b Diff: E
10. Market value ratios Answer: a Diff: E
11. Trend analysis Answer: a Diff: E
12. Liquidity ratios Answer: b Diff: M
13. Inventory turnover ratio Answer: a Diff: M
14. Fixed assets turnover Answer: b Diff: M
15. BEP and ROE Answer: a Diff: M
16. Equity multiplier Answer: a Diff: M
EM = 2.0 = Total assets/Total equity = 2/1.
Therefore, 2 = Total debt + 1, or Total debt = 1.
Total debt/Total assets = 1/2 = 0.50.
17. TIE ratio Answer: a Diff: M
18. Profit margin and leverage Answer: b Diff: M
19. Current ratio Answer: c Diff: E
20. Quick ratio Answer: d Diff: E
The quick ratio is calculated as follows:
Current Assets Inventories
.
Current Liabilities
The only action that doesn't affect the quick ratio is statement d.
While this action decreases receivables (a current asset), it increases
cash (also a current asset). The net effect is no change in the quick
ratio.
21. Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: E
22. Leverage and financial ratios Answer: e Diff: E
Statements a and c are correct. The increase in debt payments will
reduce net income and hence reduce ROA. Also, higher debt payments
will result in lower taxable income and less tax. Therefore, statement
e is the best choice.
23. Liquidity ratios Answer: d Diff: M
24. Current ratio Answer: e Diff: M
25. Quick ratio Answer: e Diff: M
26. Ratio analysis Answer: c Diff: M
27. Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: M
28. Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: M
Statement a is true because, if a firm takes on more debt, its interest
expense will rise, and this will lower its profit margin. Of course,
there will be less equity than there would have been, hence the ROE
might rise even though the profit margin fell.
29. Leverage and financial ratios Answer: a Diff: M
Statement a is correct. Both companies have the same EBIT and total
assets, so Company B, which has no interest expense, will have a higher
net income. Therefore, Company B will have a higher ROA.
30. Leverage and financial ratios Answer: d Diff: M
31. Miscellaneous ratios Answer: e Diff: M
Statements b and c are correct. ROA = NI/TA. An increase in the debt
ratio will result in an increase in interest expense, and a reduction
in NI. Thus ROA will fall. EM = Assets/Equity. As debt increases,
the amount of equity in the denominator decreases, thus causing the
equity multiplier (EM) to increase. Therefore, statement e is the
correct choice.
32. Miscellaneous ratios Answer: b Diff: M
33. Miscellaneous ratios Answer: e Diff: M
Statements a and b are correct. Use the Du Pont equation to find that
the equity multiplier equals 1, so the company is 100% equity financed.
If a firm has no lease payments or sinking fund payments, then its TIE
and fixed charge coverage ratios are the same.
TIE =
Interest
EBIT
, while
Fixed charge coverage ratio =
T)  (1
Pymts SF
+ Pymts Lease + Interest
Payments Lease + EBIT
.
Therefore, statement e is the correct choice.
34. Miscellaneous ratios Answer: b Diff: M
Statement b is correct. EBIT = EBT + Interest. Statement c is
incorrect because higher interest expense doesnt necessarily imply
greater debt. For this statement to be correct, As amount of debt
would have to be greater than Bs.
35. ROE and debt ratios Answer: b Diff: T
36. Ratio analysis Answer: a Diff: T
Statement a is correct; the others are false. If Company X has a
higher total assets turnover (Sales/TA) but the same total assets, it
must have higher sales than Y. If X has higher sales and also a higher
profit margin (NI/Sales) than Y, it must follow that X has a higher net
income than Y.
Statement b is false. ROE = NI/EQ or ROE = ROA Equity multiplier. In
either case we need to know the amount of equity that both firms have.
This is impossible to determine given the information in the question.
Therefore, we cannot say that X must have a higher ROE than Y.
Statement c is false. An example demonstrates this. Say X has CA =
$200, CL = 100, therefore, X has CR = $200/$100 = 2. If X had
inventory of $50, Xs quick ratio would be ($200  $50)/$100 = 1.5.
Now, we know that Y has a higher current ratio than X, say Y has CA =
30, CL = 10; therefore, Y's CR = $30/$10 = 3. We also know that Y has
less inventory than X because the problem states that Y has a higher
inventory turnover than X and from the facts given Xs sales are higher
than Y. Therefore, for Y to have a higher inventory turnover (S/I)
than X, Y must have less inventory than X. So, say Y has inventory of
$20. Therefore, Ys quick ratio = ($30  $20)/$10 = 1.
So, in this example Y has a higher current ratio, lower inventory, but
a lower quick ratio than X. Thus, Statement c is false. (Note that
the numbers used in the example are made up but they are consistent
with the rest of the question.)
37. Ratio analysis Answer: d Diff: T
Statement d is correct; the others are false. ROA = NI/TA. Company C
has higher interest expense than Company D; therefore, it must have
lower net income. Since the two firms have the same total assets, ROA
C
< ROA
D
. Statement a is false; we cannot tell what sales are. From the
facts as stated above, they could be the same or different. Statement
b is false; Company C must have lower equity than Company D, which
could lead it to have a higher ROE because its equity multiplier would
be greater than company D's. Statement c is false as TIE =
EBIT/Interest, and C has higher interest than D but the same EBIT;
therefore, TIE
C
< TIE
D
. Statement e is false; they have the same BEP =
EBIT/TA from the facts as given in this problem.
38. Leverage and financial ratios Answer: d Diff: T
The new income statement will be as follows:
Operating Income (EBIT) $1,200,000 0.2 $6,000,000
Interest Expense 200,000
Earnings Before Tax (EBT) $1,000,000
Taxes (40%) 400,000
Net Income $ 600,000
ROA
Old
= 10.8% =
$5,000,000
$540,000
Assets
NI
= ;
New ROE = 10%. =
$6,000,000
$600,000
Therefore, ROA falls.
ROE
Old
= 13.5%
$4,000,000
$540,000
Equity
NI
= = ; ROE
New
= 15.0%.
$4,000,000
$600,000
=
Since Net Income increases, ROA falls, and ROE increases, statement d
is the correct choice.
39. Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: E
BEP = EBIT/TA
0.15 = EBIT/$100,000,000
EBIT = $15,000,000.
ROA = NI/TA
0.09 = NI/$100,000,000
NI = $9,000,000.
EBT = NI/(1  T)
EBT = $9,000,000/0.6
EBT = $15,000,000.
Therefore interest expense = $0.
40. ROA Answer: d Diff: E
Net income = 0.15($20,000,000) = $3,000,000.
ROA = $3,000,000/$22,500,000 = 13.3%.
41. ROE Answer: c Diff: E
Equity = 0.25($6,000) = $1,500.
Current ROE =
E
NI
=
$1,500
$240
= 16%.
New ROE =
$1,500
$300
= 0.20 = 20%.
AROE = 20%  16% = 4%.
42. Profit margin Answer: c Diff: E
Current inventory turnover =
Inv
S
=
$5,000
$10,000
= 2.
New inventory turnover =
Inv
S
= 5; Inv =
5
S
=
5
$10,000
= $2,000.
Freed cash = $5,000  $2,000 = $3,000.
Increase in NI = 0.07($3,000) = $210.
New Profit margin =
Sales
NI
=
$10,000
$210 + $240
= 0.0450 = 4.5%.
43. Accounts receivable Answer: a Diff: M R
First solve for current annual sales using the DSO equation as follows:
50 = $1,000,000/(Sales/365) to find annual sales equal to $7,300,000.
If sales fall by 10%, the new sales level will be $7,300,000(0.9) =
$6,570,000. Again, using the DSO equation, solve for the new accounts
receivable figure as follows: 32 = AR/($6,570,000/365) or AR =
$576,000.
44. ROA Answer: a Diff: M
Equity multiplier = 1/(1  D/A) = 1/(1  0.60) = 2.5.
ROE = ROA Equity multiplier.
20% = (ROA)(2.5).
ROA = 8.0%.
45. ROA Answer: a Diff: M
BEP =
TA
EBIT
= 0.15.
TA = $100,000.
EBIT = 0.15($100,000) = $15,000.
TIE =
INT
EBIT
= 6.
INT =
6
EBIT
=
6
$15,000
= $2,500.
Calculate Net income:
EBIT $15,000
INT 2,500
EBT $12,500
Tax (40%) 5,000
NI $ 7,500
ROA =
TA
NI
=
$100,000
$7,500
= 7.5%.
46. ROA Answer: e Diff: M
Step 1 We must find TA. We are given BEP and EBIT.
BEP =
TA
EBIT
and TA =
BEP
EBIT
.
Therefore, TA = $40,000,000/0.1, or $400 million.
Step 2 NI/TA = ROA, so now we need to find net income. Net income is
found by working through the income statement:
EBIT $40M
Interest 5M (from TIE ratio: 8 = EBIT/Int)
EBT $35M
Taxes 14M (40% tax rate)
NI $21M
Step 3 ROA = $21M/$400M = 0.0525 = 5.25%.
47. ROE Answer: c Diff: M R
(Sales per day)(DSO) = A/R
(Sales/365)(60) = $147,945.2
Sales = $900,000.
Profit margin = Net income/Sales.
Net income = 0.4($900,000) = $36,000.
Debt ratio = 0.64 = Total debt/$3,000,000.
Total debt = $1,920,000.
Total equity = $3,000,000  $1,920,000 = $1,080,000.
ROE = $36,000/$1,080,000 = 3.3%.
48. ROE Answer: b Diff: M
New profit margin: (0.10)(1.15) = 0.115.
New total asset turnover: 2.0/1.5 = 1.33.
New ROA: (0.115)(1.33) = 0.153.
New equity multiplier: 2.0(1.5) = 3.0.
ROE: (0.153)(3.0) = 0.46 = 46%.
49. ROE Answer: d Diff: M
Profit margin = ($1,500(1  0.3))/$5,000 = 21%.
Equity multiplier = 1.0 since firm is 100% equity financed.
ROE = (Profit margin)(Assets turnover)(Equity multiplier)
= (21%)(2.0)(1.0) = 42%.
Alternate solution:
ROE = EBT(1  T)/(Sales/2.0)
= $1,500(0.7)/($5,000/2.0)
= $1,050/$2,500 = 42%.
50. Liquidity ratios Answer: a Diff: M
QR = (Current assets  Inventory)/Current liabilities
1.2 = (CA  I)/$1,000,000
CA  I = $1,200,000.
CR = (Current assets

Inventory
+
Inventory)/Current liabilities
1.6 = ($1,200,000 + Inventory)/$1,000,000
$1,600,000 = $1,200,000 + Inventory
Inventory = $400,000.
Inventory turnover = Sales/Inventory
= $2,000,000/$400,000
= 5.
51. Debt ratio Answer: c Diff: M
Debt ratio = Debt/Total assets.
Total assets = $24,000,000/6 = $4,000,000. (TATO = 6 = Sales/Total
assets.)
ROE = NI/Equity
Equity = NI/ROE = $400,000/0.15 = $2,666,667.
Debt = Total assets  Equity = $4,000,000  $2,666,667 = $1,333,333.
Debt ratio = $1,333,333/$4,000,000 = 0.3333.
52. Profit margin Answer: a Diff: M
Equity multiplier = 1/(1  0.35) = 1.54.
ROE = (Profit margin)(Assets utilization)(Equity multiplier)
15% = (PM)(2.8)(1.54)
PM = 3.48%.
53. Sales volume Answer: a Diff: M
Current liabilities: (0.2)($1,000,000) = $200,000.
Current assets: CA/$200,000 = 3.0; CA = $600,000.
Inventory: ($600,000  I)/$200,000 = 2.4; I = $120,000.
Sales: S/$120,000 = 6; S = $720,000.
54. Financial statement analysis Answer: e Diff: M R
Current DSO =
5 $10,139/36
$1,000
= 36 days. Industry average DSO = 30 days.
Reduce receivables by

.

\

365
$10,139
6 = $166.67.
Debt = $400/0.10 = $4,000.
TA
TD
=
$166.67  $6,000
$166.67  $4,000
= 65.71%.
55. Financial ratios Answer: b Diff: M R
First, find the amount of current assets:
Current ratio = Current assets/Current liabilities
Current assets = (Current liabilities)(Current ratio)
= $375,000(1.2) = $450,000.
Next, find the accounts receivables:
DSO = AR/(Sales/365)
AR = DSO(Sales)(1/365)
= (40)($1,200,000)(1/365) = $131,507.
Next, find the inventories:
Inventory turnover = Sales/Inventory
Inventory = Sales/(Inventory turnover)
= $1,200,000/4.8 = $250,000.
Finally, find the amount of cash:
Cash = Current assets  AR  Inventory
= $450,000  $131,507  $250,000 = $68,493.
56. Quick ratio Answer: c Diff: M
Step 1 Calculate inventory:
Quayle Energy has $40 million in inventory because the
inventory turnover ratio is equal to 5.
S/Inv = 5; Inv =
5
000 , 000 , 200 $
= $40,000,000.
Step 2 Calculate current liabilities:
From the current ratio, we can conclude that they have $83.33
million in current liabilities.
CR =
CL
000 , 000 , 100 $
= 1.2; CL = $83.33 million.
Step 3 Find quick ratio:
CL
Inv CA
=
333 , 333 , 83 $
000 , 000 , 40 $ 000 , 000 , 100 $
= 0.72.
57. Quick ratio Answer: e Diff: M
If sales remain at $600,000, then for the inventory turnover ratio to
be 8x inventory must be $600,000/8 = $75,000. Current inventory minus
the new level of inventory reflects the amount of cash freed up or
$150,000  $75,000 = $75,000. Current liabilities will be reduced to
$125,000  $75,000 = $50,000. Thus, new current assets are $50,000 +
$75,000 + $100,000 = $225,000. The new quick ratio is then: ($225,000 
$75,000)/$50,000 = 3.
58. Current ratio Answer: b Diff: M R
Step 1 We must find sales using DSO of 35. AR/(Sales/365) = 35.486.
If AR is $700, then Sales = $7,200.
Step 2 Now, to reduce DSO to 30.417, AR/($7,200/365) = 30.417 and AR
becomes $600. Thus, we reduced AR by $100.
Step 3 To find the new CR (CA/CL), it is just ($1,500  $100)/($1,200
 $100) = 1.2727. (Remember, notes payable were also reduced
by $100.)
59. Current liabilities Answer: a Diff: M
We can solve for inventory (because were given the inventory turnover
ratio) as 8 = $860,000/Inventory or Inventory = $107,500. Given the
quick ratio, we know (CA  $107,500)/CL = 1.5. We can rewrite this as
CA/CL  $107,500/CL = 1.5. Recognizing the first term as the current
ratio or 1.75, we now have 1.75  $107,500/CL = 1.5. Solve this
expression for CL = $430,000.
60. ROE Answer: d Diff: T
ROE = Profit Margin TA Turnover Equity Multiplier
Set up an income statement:
Sales (given) $240,000
Cost na
EBIT (given) $ 26,000
I (given) 8,000
EBT $ 18,000
Taxes (40%) 7,200
NI $ 10,800
Turnover = 2 = S/TA; TA = S/2 = $240,000/2 = $120,000.
D/A = 60%; so E/A = 40%; and, therefore, TA/E = 1/(E/A) = 1/0.4 = 2.50.
Complete the Du Pont equation to determine ROE:
ROE = $10,800/$240,000 $240,000/$120,000 $120,000/$48,000
= 0.045 2 2.5 = 0.225 = 22.5%.
61. ROE Answer: c Diff: T
Given: New D/A = 0.55 Interest = $7,000
EBIT = $25,000 Tax rate = 40%
Sales = $270,000 TATO = 3.0
Recall the Du Pont equation: ROE = (PM)(TATO)(EM).
ROE = (ROA)(EM).
ROE = NI/Equity.
EBIT $25,000
I 7,000 (Given)
EBT $18,000
T 7,200 ($18,000 40%)
NI $10,800
TATO = Sales/Total assets
Total assets = Sales/TATO = $270,000/3 = $90,000.
Equity = [1  (D/A)](Total assets)
Equity = [1  0.55](Total assets)
Equity = 0.45($90,000) = $40,500.
ROE = NI/Equity = $10,800/$40,500 = 26.67%.
62. ROE Answer: d Diff: T
Industry average inventory turnover = 6 = Sales/Inventory.
To match this level: Inventory = Sales/6
$3,000,000/6 = $500,000.
Current inventory = $1,000,000. Reduction in inventory = $1,000,000 
$500,000 = $500,000. This $500,000 is to be used to reduce the debt of
the company.
New debt level = $4,000,000  $500,000 = $3,500,000. Interest on this
level of debt = $3,500,000 0.1 = $350,000.
Look at the income statement to get net income:
EBIT $1,400,000
Int 350,000
EBT $1,050,000
Tax 420,000
NI $ 630,000
ROE = Net income/Equity = $630,000/$2,000,000 = 0.3150 or 31.50%.
63. Current ratio Answer: c Diff: T
Step 1 Solve for the current inventory level:
CA/CL = 1.2 and CA = $1,200,000, so CL = $1,000,000.
Step 2 Solve for current level of inventories:
Since QR = 0.7, ($1,200,000  Inv)/$1,000,000 = 0.7, Inv =
$500,000.
Step 3 Next we find the sales level using the old inventory turnover
ratio:
Sales/$500,000 = 4. So sales are $2,000,000.
Step 4 Using the current sales level and the new target inventory
turnover ratio of 5, we can solve for the new inventory level:
$2,000,000/Inv
New
= 5. Inv
New
= $400,000.
Step 5 Solve for the new current ratio:
AInv = $400,000  $500,000 = $100,000. So, our new CR =
($1,200,000  $100,000)/($1,000,000  $100,000) = 1.222.
64. Financial statement analysis Answer: a Diff: T
Sales $15,000
Cost of goods sold _______
EBIT $ 1,065
Interest 465
EBT $ 600
Taxes (35%) 210
NI $ 390
BEP =
TA
EBIT
=
$8,000
EBIT
= 0.133125; EBIT = $1,065.
Now fill in: EBIT = $1,065.
Interest = EBIT  EBT = $1,065  $600 = $465.
A
D
=
$8,000
D
= 0.45; D = 0.45($8,000) = $3,600.
Interest rate =
Debt
Interest
=
$3,600
$465
= 0.1292 = 12.92%.
65. EBIT Answer: e Diff: T
Write down equations with given data, then find unknowns:
Profit margin =
S
NI
= 0.06.
Debt ratio =
A
D
=
$100,000
D
= 0.4; D = $40,000.
TA turnover =
A
S
= 3.0.
=
$100,000
S
= 3; S = $300,000.
Now plug sales into profit margin ratio to find NI:
$300,000
NI
= 0.06; NI = $18,000.
Now set up an income statement:
Sales $300,000
Cost of goods sold ________
EBIT $ 33,200 (EBIT = EBT + Interest)
Interest 3,200 ($40,000(0.08) = $3,200)
EBT $ 30,000 (EBT = $18,000/(1  T) = $30,000)
Taxes (40%) 12,000
NI $ 18,000
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